Homo cum in honore esset (Orlando di Lasso)
- Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2013-05-20). Score information: A4, 2 pages, 74 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Transcribed from Magnum opus musicum, 1604. Original key (chiavi naturali) and note-values, editorial musica ficta clearly indicated. LilyPond version: 2.16.2
Title: Homo cum in honore esset
Composer: Orlando di Lasso
First Published: 1566 in Sacrae cantiones liber quartus, no. 8.
2. Published: 1568 in Selectissimae cantiones, no. 1.15.
Description: The second alto part (Sextus) sings the motto: Nosce te ipsum (Know thyself) on a so called soggetto cavato melody. It means that the melody is determined by the vowels of the motto (O, E, E, I, U), which are interpreted as solmization names: sol, re, re, mi, ut, and they are rendered in the hexachordum naturale (C-A) as G, D, D, E, C, and in the hexachordum molle (F-D) as C, G, G, A, F. Lassus uses this melody G-D-D-E-C, C-G-G-A-F first in long note values then in ever shorter note values.
Original text and translations
Homo cum in honore esset non intellexit,
Man when he was in honour did not understand;
De némely ember, midőn tiszteletben van, ezt figyelembe nem veszi,